Lunar cycles and violent behaviour

Author: C. Owen, C. Tarantello, M. Jones and C. Tennant
Abstract: Studies linking phases of the full moon to violence have provided mixed findings, and the most recent studies have failed to show any connections. In this study inpatients admitted over 5 years to a psychiatric hospital in Northern Sydney were studied, and degree of violence was measured daily by a standardised schedule. No significant link was found beteen violence and aggression, and any phase of the moon, despite the fact that many health workers continue to believe that such a link exists.
Keywords: Moon, psychiatry, violence, lunar cycles, Australia
Publication: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
Issue: 32 (4)
Dated: 1998
Pages: 496-499

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